Milk Frothers

Are you a fan of specialty coffees?  My husband got adventurous at Starbucks last year and started to enjoy the specialty coffees there.  Since we don’t have a Starbucks in our hometown, I started trying to mimic them at home, and to my surprise, I was half successful.  An even bigger surprise was that he actually enjoys them.

The best thing I bought to make my Starbucks coffees at home was the milk frother.  It is the greatest little rig.  It whips your milk with this little circular coiled stirring mechanism at the bottom of the dish and the milk gets quickly stirred up and starts to get thicker and thicker until the milk is like a whipped cream.  It multiplies the milk to about five times the original amount that you put into the bottom of the dish.

Some days, after cleaning the frother, I forget to put the circular stir mechanism back in place.  When I go to use the frother the next day without the mechanism it is a total flop.  The light on the front of the frother goes out to indicate that the process of whipping the milk is complete, but when I go to pour it into the mug, much to my surprise the milk didn’t expand.  The milk still lays flat at the bottom of the dish, untouched.  It needs this little stirring mechanism in the bottom whipping the milk quickly around to get the milk to thicken and expand.  Without it, I just get the original milk that I started with.

The other morning, as I was making my husband his morning coffee, and pouring my big heaping load of frothed milk into my husband’s coffee mug, I started thinking.  There seems to always be a “Frother” in every group of people.  That one person that likes to take the littlest of issues and make them five times bigger than they really are.  Or sometimes there is a person in a group that just digs and picks until they can find something wrong with something.  Everything becomes a problem.  Each little concern becomes five times exaggerated out of proportion than necessary.  Is it just me, or do other people run across these types of people?

Proverbs 29:22 warns, “A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.”  Such wise words and if you take a careful look at the “Frothers” in your group, sadly when you get to know these people they all seem to exhibit anger issues.  They live to cause trouble and I honestly think they have nothing better to do in their own lives than to quarrel with anyone who will listen to them.  If they don’t get their own way—look out!  Do you know someone in your social circle like this?  We have to realize, there are probably many reasons these people act the way they do.  Everyone has their story, but it doesn’t make what they are doing right.

God warns us to stay away from people like this in Proverbs 20:30, “It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.”  Again, very true words.  Any fool can start an argument, but it takes an honorable person to avoid them and walk away.  Next time the “Frother” in your life starts to get their mechanism twirling and twisting around trying to froth the milk—walk away!

It’s a natural instinct to defend yourself against the “Frothers” of this world.  You want people to know your side of the story, but then you are getting yourself all worked up for nothing.  You are letting the “Frother” whip you, and you shouldn’t.  Be the honorable person and let it go.  Leave the coiled mechanism out of your milk and let your life just be an ordinary old coffee the old fashion way.  Who needs their milk frothed to begin with?